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Sycamore, Acer pseudoplatanus


Short description of Acer pseudoplatanus, Sycamore

A large deciduous tree with typical maple shaped leaves – simple with five main coarsely serrate lobes. Flowers are produced in pendent yellow-green panicles and occur with the leaves. The characteristic fruit ‘keys’ have wings that are divergent at about 90°.

Description of Acer pseudoplatanus, Sycamore status in GB

Sycamore is a deciduous tree that has naturalised throughout GB woodlands and urban habitats.

Habitat summary: Acer pseudoplatanus, Sycamore

Sycamore can be found in all types of British woodland, as well as disturbed and urban sites. In upland areas they are restricted to areas of habitation. It is tolerant of air pollution and salt spray.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Caucasus
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: v.c.15
Date of first record: 1632

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